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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:51

Armstrong's fall from grace may help cycling

PARIS - Cycling supporters say that Lance Armstrong's fall from grace may actually benefit the sport by demonstrating to potential cheaters what can happen to them if they dope.

Former Tour de France champion Bernard Thevenet told French newspaper Le Monde that Armstrong's lifetime ban and the expected loss of his seven Tour de France titles 'is really a very strong message to cycling and those around the sport who might be tempted to cheat.'

Cycling's credibility has been repeatedly battered since the Festina scandal in 1998, when entire teams were ejected from the race after carloads of drugs were found by police. The punishments imposed Friday by U.S. anti-doping authorities on one of sport's most highly acclaimed figures follows on sanctions handed to Armstrong contemporaries Floyd Landis, Jan Ullrich and Alberto Contador.

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